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Nick Ragone is an author, attorney and public relations executive in New York City. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Rutgers University, and is a graduate of the Eagleton Institute of Political Science at Rutgers University (undergraduate) and the Georgetown University Law Center.

He is the author of three books: Essential American Government, Everything American Government, and President's Most Wanted. Nick is a regular contributor to the Fox News Channel and Fox Business, the PIX11 Morning Show, and has a weekly appearance on the popular Raph Bailey Radio Show.  He co-anchored PIX11's five-hour live inauguration coverage with Jim Watkins and Kaity Tong.

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Sunday
Feb152009

Welcome to the twilight zone that is Frank Rich

I have a hard time not giggling every time I read New York Times theater critic columnist Frank Rich.  I'm not sure when he stopped reviewing broadways shows and morphed into George Will, but it's been a bumpy transition.

Putting aside the fact that he's obsessed with the Republicans in Congress, even though they're about as relevant to the legislative process as the octuplet mom, his reading of the political tea-leaves is flat-out putrid.

In his latest blather-clap, he writes that "this country wants a New Deal, including on energy and health care, not a New Deal lite. Far from depleting Obama’s clout, the stimulus battle instead reaffirmed that he has the political capital to pursue the agenda of change he campaigned on.  Republicans will also be judged by the voters. If they want to obstruct and filibuster while the economy is in free fall, the president should call their bluff and let them go at it."

Obstruct and filibuster while the economy is in free fall? Huh-what? Come again? They've neither obstructed nor filibustered.  Since when is voting against a crap bill obstructing?  They put forth a much better package -- one that would ... um ... actually stimulate the economy without adding a trillion dollars of debt.  And the Democrats responding by kicking it to the curb. 

This stimulus is a pork infested joke, and most voters know it. If the economy is still flat-lining a year from now, it won't be the Republicans who will pay at the ballot box. 

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